|Mughlai Indian Restaurant|
9350 US Highway 192 West
Tel: (863) 424-6969
Would you Adam and Eve it.
At last, good old English Fayre in Kissimmee.
My search for the Holy Grail got a little closer when I tasted the offerings at the Mughlai Indian Restaurant which recently opened on West 192, within a mile of the junction with US27.
The restaurant itself is small, seating approximately 26 people, but clean and simply but nicely decorated to an Indian theme similar to that found in the more upmarket UK restaurants.
The owners moved to Florida 9 years ago from the UK and seem to be friendly and helpful. They have a great deal of experience in managing Indian Restaurants and recently decided that it was now time for them to start their own venture, thus the Mughlai was born.
It seems to me that all of the Indian Restaurants in the Orlando area seem to miss the point that the majority of their clientele are likely to be British, this is especially true when located in the US27/192 area, and to be successful they need to emulate and pamper to the experience that their target audience are familiar with.
In terms of the menu, they seem to have got it right. Familiar favourite dishes are available such as Chicken Chat, Onion Bhaji, Sheekh Kebab, Chicken Pakora, Tandori Chicken, Shrimp Jalfrezi, Chicken Jalfrezi, Chicken Saag, Chicken Vindaloo, Chicken Madras, Rogan Josh, Lamb Korma to name but a few.
Sadly it seems that the range of side dishes that can be traditionally found in UK Indian restaurants are not available in this part of the world. The British are used to ordering a broad range of sides with their chosen main meal and with dishes that would normally be ordered as a side only being available as a main meal at around $12 a time, it makes for very expensive eating.
Similar is true at the Mughlai Indian Cuisine Restaurant and I think this is something that needs to be addressed. I would add that when I asked if the vegetable main course meals were available in smaller portions, although originally told no, the chef did end up agreeing to provide me with some smaller portions to sample.
The quality of the food was exceptional. I sampled their Chicken Madras with a range of vegetables including Vegetable Jalfrezi, Aloo Gobhi and Saag Paneer. The Chicken batons were all white breast meat, and although they could have been marinated for longer for more flavour, the overall experience with the rich Madras sauce was very good.
They offer a fully licensed bar and were able to offer the mandatory Kingfisher lagerupon request which was served in a chilled glass.
The staff were very good with my three young kids and American style fish and chicken fingers were available for the two that have not yet developed a taste for spicy food.
Although still not up to the standard of my local curry house in the UK, the Mughlai is by far leaps and bounds above any other Orlando based Indian Restaurant that I have previously sampled in terms of cleanliness, décor, service, menu and quality of food.
They fully deserve our business and support.
So my advice to all of you that, like me, love Britain’s favourite food and have struggled to find the Holy Grail, go and try the Mughlai experience!
The Mughlai also provide a take-out and delivery service to the local area.
11:00am to 11:00pm